The 15th well of the Nooros gas field has started production, MENA reported quoting oil minister Tarek El Molla.

The new well, called Nedoko Southwest 3, is expected to produce 180 million cubic feet of natural gas and 1,500 barrels of condensate per day.

Nedoko Southwest 3 will allow production from the Nooros field to remain steady at 1.2 billion cubic feet per day, Enterprise wrote.

Commenting on the matter, El Molla said that the well was part of the ministry’s efforts to accelerate development projects and natural gas production in line with the government’s timetable.

El Molla has said many times that Egypt will achieve natural gas self-sufficiency by Q4 2018, and will begin exporting by the beginning of 2019.